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How to Dress for Hot Flashes

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There is not one easy solution or easy tip when it comes to getting dressed that can make the hot flashes stop. However, it is important to dress in a way that does not aggravate or worsen hot flashes. Finding a way to incorporate hot flash friendly clothing into your own personal style and preferences can help you to better handle menopausal hot flashes.

Layers, Always Layers


Scarfs, cardigans, pullovers, blazers and similar clothing options are good options to keep in mind, especially in winter, when you want to stay warm, but still want to be able to take off layers when hot flashes strike. Layers ensure you stay warm, allow you to express your own personal style, and are still wearable if you need to follow a dress code for a job.

Resources for menopause continue to be innovated, so looking at specialty products for women going through menopause can be helpful. For example, necklaces exist that can be frozen and retain coolness throughout the day while being worn. This can help a woman stay cool while out and about.

The Right Fabrics

Make sure to wear fabrics that are breathable and allow air to flow in and out. Cotton is usually the go-to option, and is seen as a more affordable fabric. A nice cotton shirt, paired with some looser khaki pants, is the perfect weekend outfit to keep you cool, even during the summer months. Linen is also a good fabric option and it dresses up nicely.

Some companies also make pajamas made out of breathable fabric that wicks away moisture, especially for women who experience hot flashes and night sweats. You can also try wearing lighter, breathable clothing meant for exercising or running to bed if you are experiencing night sweats and hot flashes that are disturbing your sleep.

Skirts and Dresses


Incorporating skirts and dresses into your wardrobe rotation can help keep you cool. It's also important to make sure you are getting clothing that fits properly and isn't stifling. Skirts are also versatile and can be worn to work or on a night out, and there are also skirts that are made to be worn while exercising.

Loose Clothing

Experiencing a hot flash when wearing something tight-fitting and stuffy can be a nightmare. Lots of beautiful clothing is made to be loose fitting, and utilizing it can help you to better handle hot flashes. Flowing skirts, loose tops, and gaucho pants can all help you to keep cool. Looser fitting clothes are also less likely to show sweat.

If your hot flashes are lowering your quality of life or disrupting your day-to-day living, it is a good idea to see your doctor. Click on the links below to find out about the many different treatments for hot flashes.

Hot Flashes and Heart Rate

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Q&A: Are Hot Flashes in Elderly Women Normal?

Are you troubled by hot flashes? This is not uncommon. Hot flashes are primarily caused by a hormonal imbalance. Read on and have your questions about hot flashes and age answered.

Hot Flashes after a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy can often lead to menopause sooner than normal, causing women to experience symptoms like hot flashes. If you've just had a hysterectomy, hot flashes may start to occur in your life. Learn more about managing this symptom after surgery.

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